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Socorro police didn't buy Hummer new

By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas - A police cruiser has been the talk of the town for years because of how expensive it looks. The Socorro Police Department said its 1999 Hummer did not cost as much as some residents would think.

Socorro Police Chief Edmundo Montoya told KFOX14 the police department got the Hummer after it was impounded more than three years ago and no one claimed it. The city then went through the steps to take it over from the state and convert it as a police vehicle.

"After [I found out] how they got it, I felt a lot better about it because now I know they're saving money, not wasting money," Socorro resident Bernice Calderon said.
Police also said the Hummer helped officers reach the hardest-hit areas during heavy flooding in September.

"We have four wheel drive trucks, but they're so light. We couldn't even get them back in there. This was the only vehicle that was able to make it all the way to Coker Road," Socorro Police Sgt. Eddie Smith said.

Montoya also said the Hummer does not use up much gas because it does not go out on patrols often.



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